OVERVIEW & EXPERTISE

 
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Blakes is recognized as having Canada’s pre-eminent financial services practice. Chambers Global: The World’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2014 ranks Blakes number one in banking and finance: “Stands out as a leading banking firm with significant experience in domestic and cross-border financings. Strengths include asset-based lending, securitisation, project finance and syndications. ‘They have a commitment to quality service and value.’ Bench strength: ‘A strong banking practice across the board.’
 
Many of the largest and most highly regarded financial institutions and financial services providers in Canada, the U.S., Europe and Asia, as well as other non-Canadian financial service providers, regularly retain Blakes as counsel. They rely on our extensive experience in successfully structuring, negotiating and documenting a wide variety of domestic and cross-border financing transactions. We advise mining industry clients and lenders on a wide range of corporate and project debt transactions for the mining industry.
 

Representative Matters
 
  • Pretium Resources Inc. in connection with its US$540-million construction financing package with the Orion Mine Finance Group and Blackstone Tactical Opportunities, including a US$350-million credit facility, a US$150-million gold and silver stream agreement and a US$40-million private placement of Pretium common shares.
  • Commonwealth Bank of Australia with respect to a US$55-million project finance and cost overrun facility in favour of Midway Gold Corp.
  • Macquarie Bank Limited, as lender, to Teranga Gold Corporation in connection with a US$135-million gold stream financing made by Franco-Nevada Corporation to Teranga Gold.
  • Macquarie Bank Limited in connection with a project finance facility in favour of Richmont Mines Inc. to fund development of its Island Gold Deep project.
  • Standard Chartered Bank and a syndicate of lenders with respect to a US$3-billion term loan and revolving facility in favour of First Quantum Minerals Ltd.
  • RMB Resources Inc. and Macquarie Bank Limited in connection with the bridge and project finance facilities in favour of Apollo Gold Corporation with respect to its Black Fox project.
  • Macquarie’s Bank Limited in connection with a project finance facility in favour of Richmont Mines, Inc. to fund development of its Island Gold Deep project.
  • Orvana Minerals Corp. in connection with the financing of its El Valle-Boinás/Carlés gold project in Spain.
  • Capstone Mining Corporation in a US$400-million credit facility led by the Bank of Nova Scotia.
  • IAMGOLD Corporation on its US$850-million syndicated credit facility provided by a group of lenders led by National Bank.
  • Unicredit Bank AG and a syndicate of lenders with respect to a US$150-million revolving facility in favour of Dundee Precious Metals Inc.
  • Macquarie Bank Limited, as sole underwriter and facility agent, and a syndicate of lenders with respect to the structuring and establishment of US$150-million secured revolving corporate loan facilities for B2Gold Corp.
  • Macquarie Bank Limited with respect to the establishment of US$90-million project financing and hedging facilities for the development and construction of the Riacho dos Machados open-pit gold-mine project in Minas Gerais State, Brazil.
  • RMB Resources Inc. with respect to a C$30-million operating facility in favour of Trevali Mining Corporation.
  • Unicredit Bank AG and a syndicate of lenders with respect to the C$350-million revolving credit facility in favour of Endeavour Mining Corporation.
 

 PEOPLE

 
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Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4003
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Equity Capital Markets, Automotive, Mining, Investment Products & Asset Management, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties
Partner | New York
New York: 212-893-8223
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Corporate & Commercial, Private Equity, Mining, Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, United States, Venture Capital, Life Sciences, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4061
Areas of Expertise: Infrastructure, Mergers & Acquisitions, Private Equity, Energy, Corporate & Commercial, Commercial Real Estate, Plan Nord, Construction, Mining, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2237
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining, Energy, Middle East, Mining Lending
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2159
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Mining, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Project Finance, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Cannabis
Office Managing Partner | London
London: +44-20-7429-3555
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining, Oil & Gas, Infrastructure, Australia, Africa, Capital Markets, Europe, Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Mining M&A and Capital Markets, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures
Counsel | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4087
Areas of Expertise: Financial Services, Mining, Corporate & Commercial, Forestry, Commercial Real Estate, Plan Nord, Banking, Asset-Based Finance, Debt Finance & Lending, Equipment Financing, Project Finance, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Debt Finance & Lending
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3349
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Foreign Investment, Mergers & Acquisitions, Financial Services, Energy, Mining, China, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, LNG
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2219
Areas of Expertise: Acquisitions, Dispositions & Joint Ventures, Leasing, Real Estate Financing, Corporate & Commercial, Mining, Power, Construction, Development, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2704
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Equity Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Manufacturing, Life Sciences, Mining, Private Equity, Retail & Consumer Products, Africa, Europe, India, United States, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties
Associate | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4278
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining, Equity Capital Markets, United States, Mining Lending, Corporate & Commercial, Life Sciences, Mining Streaming & Royalties
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3318
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Corporate Governance, Mining, Equity Capital Markets, Forestry, Shareholder Activism, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Credit Unions, Cannabis
Partner | Beijing
Beijing: +86-10-6530-9001
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Oil & Gas, International Trade, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining, China, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Mining M&A and Capital Markets
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-4005
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Private Equity, Mining, Plan Nord, Equity Capital Markets, United States, Shareholder Activism, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Mining M&A and Capital Markets, Cannabis
Partner | London
London: +44-20-7429-3558
Areas of Expertise: Africa, Capital Markets, Australia, Europe, Equity Capital Markets, Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties
Partner | Toronto
Toronto: 416-863-2747
Areas of Expertise: Corporate & Commercial, Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Infrastructure, Life Sciences, Mining, Equity Capital Markets, Mining Law, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3319
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining, Equity Capital Markets, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3399
Areas of Expertise: Capital Markets, Corporate & Commercial, Private Equity, Information Technology, Mining, Renewables (Wind, Solar, Hydro & CleanTech), Equity Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, United States, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Emerging Companies & Venture Capital
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9629
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining, Private Equity, Shareholder Activism, Capital Markets, Debt Capital Markets, Equity Capital Markets, Latin America, Energy, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties
Partner | Montréal
Montréal: 514-982-5051
Areas of Expertise: Equity Capital Markets, Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate & Commercial, Plan Nord, Public-Private Partnerships, Mining, Pension Funds Investment, Investment Funds, Investment Vehicles, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-4220
Areas of Expertise: Anti-Money Laundering, Constitutional & Charter of Rights, Construction, Corporate Litigation, Energy, Environmental, International Trade, Media & Defamation, Mining, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Mining Litigation & Dispute Resolution, LNG, Aboriginal
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3345
Areas of Expertise: Mergers & Acquisitions, Capital Markets, Corporate Governance, Mining, Forestry, Africa, Joint Venture & Co-ownership Structuring, Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures, Latin America, Equity Capital Markets, Shareholder Activism, China, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Mining M&A and Capital Markets, Major Projects
Partner | Calgary
Calgary: 403-260-9633
Areas of Expertise: Energy Regulatory, Climate Change, Environmental Assessment & Approvals, Pipeline & Midstream, Power, Mining Law, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, Transportation, LNG, Aboriginal, Environmental
Partner | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3320
Areas of Expertise: Corporate Governance, Debt Capital Markets, Equity Capital Markets, Structured Finance & Derivatives, Mergers & Acquisitions, Mining, Investment Products & Asset Management, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, India
Chartered Accountant | Vancouver
Vancouver: 604-631-3382
Areas of Expertise: Tax, Mining, Mining Lending, Mining Streaming & Royalties, LNG
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